The Long Island Ducks are not an Orioles affiliate; it only seems that way after the Atlantic League club signed Sir Sidney Ponson this week, two years after serving as the home base for the Jay Gibbons apology tour.
Paging Daniel Cabrera.
As an independent baseball team, the Ducks tend to capitalize on the nostalgia marketing model, attracting fans by signing major league veterans with high name recognition. Thus the likes of Carl Everett, Carlos Baerga, Juan Gonzalez, and John Rocker have all been part of The Flock since the team's inaugural 2000 season.
Aside from Ponson and Gibbons, how many former Orioles can you name who also played for the Long Island Ducks?
(Over/Under for those not holding season tickets to the Ducks = 1.)
Here's the list of players to have suited up in orange and black Baltimore as well as orange and green in Central Islip:
And here are a few O's prospects and Duck veterans who never made it to the bigs in Baltimore:
Pete Rose Jr.
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